This Is How Skepta Plans To Spend His £20k Mercury Music Prize Winnings

16 September 2016, 09:58 | Updated: 16 September 2016, 10:18

Skepta Mercury Prize Award on stage

The Grime MC hopes to inspire.

Skepta is officially the winner of the 2016 Mercury Prize Award for his album ‘Konnichiwa’. 

The Grime MC, who delivered an emotional acceptance speech last night, has now revealed how he plans to spend his £20k winnings.

“Something positive, something to help other people feel as happy and free as me. Whatever I can do to help people,” he told the media after picking up his award. 

“We're doing a project right now actually building a studio in my old estate for young kids to help them do music.

“We're doing a show at the V&A museum. We're taking them to the V&A to perform so they can experience it. Experience is everything."

The ‘Shutdown’ rapper also explained how his historic Mercury win can inspire young people trying to make their dreams come true. 

“I want them to be themselves and when old people are telling them to be quiet and people who don't understand kids are saying stuff to them from their own boxed-in lives, I want them to be like, 'Nah, you know what? Skepta showed me to say how I feel'. 

"All the kids I want you to be free, be strong, you're right and just do you."

Since Skepta won the award a number of fellow artists have expressed their congratulations, including Drake.


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Skepta is the first Grime artist to win the prestigious award since Dizzee Rascal for ‘Boy In Da Corner’ in 2003. 

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